YMMV: Patriot Games

  • Complete Monster: Sean Miller is a member of an IRA splinter cell. The book begins with Miller leading an attack on the British Royal family. After being stopped, Miller goes after The Hero and CIA analyst Jack Ryan and his whole family, causing the car with Ryan's daughter Sally and pregnant wife Cathy to crash. With other various acts of terrorism to his name, one incident from Miller sticks out. When in prison, a guard saves him from Prison Rape from other inmates. During his escape, Miller has the guard at his mercy and chooses to shoot him in a way to paralyze him for life, viewing it worse than killing the man and declaring gratitude is a "disease of dogs", quoting Josef Stalin.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Captain Robby Jackson interrupts Jack's class to present him a medal for his actions in London: The Order of the Purple Target. Cue a very nice medal in the form of a bullseye with the inscription "Please Shoot Me".
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A Missing Trailer Scene has James Earl Jones saying, "There's never been a terrorist attack on American soil." Guess what happened...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • There's a scene in which Ryan and his colleagues at the CIA launch an attack on the terrorists' camp headquartered in Libya all while watching on a satellite feed. This is exactly how the Navy SEALs got Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.
    • At the time of release, it was amusing to see Harrison Ford and James Earl Jones acting together in this film, if you've seen the original Star Wars trilogy. But then the Star Wars prequels films came out, and you realize Samuel L. Jackson is in this film as well!
  • Nightmare Fuel: The attack on the desert camp, shown only through infra-red satellite images is a bit unsettling; terrorists are shown being gunned down, one of them is seen crawling feebly away. Jack is visibly affected while everyone else is ho-hum about it. James Horner's recycled score from Aliens adds to the tension.